KNOXVILLE (WATE) – UT students and campus police had an open discussion to find ways to prevent police brutality Monday night.
The panel was hosted by the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. The groups said police brutality is a national issue and minorities are especially being targeted.
Students said in the meeting they hope to spread awareness of the “Black lives matter” movement.
“We want it to be known that people of color matter, that we are the number one people that are being destroyed in this issue and that we are epidemic among police brutality,” said Clay Kapp, Kappa Alpha Psi, Mu Rho Chapter President.
Police said they want to make sure everyone in the community is protected.
“Our main concern is people being safe and we want to make sure our community is safe, our officers are safe and we all have a mutual understanding what a police interaction should or will look like,” said Sgt. Cedric Roach with UT Police Department.
Students were also given a guide that had a number of tips if you’re confronted by police, including your rights and when you should be documenting your interaction with an officer.